When Walt Disney Studios dropped the first teaser trailer for Haunted Mansion, they revealed a look at just how true to the original ride it is going to be.
While the 2003 movie starring Eddie Murphy is still beloved and was a great comedic tribute to the ride–especially with how they carried Madame Leota and the Ghost Host, but this retelling arguably stays truer to the ride found at Disneyland, with scores of easter eggs already shown in the trailer from the HatBox Ghost to the stretching chamber.
Here are some of the most noticeable nods to the attraction.
The Design of the Haunted Mansion
Unlike the Eddie Murphy version, which appeared to be an architectural hodgepodge of Disneyland and Disney World Mansions, this new movie presents a house that is almost the same exact design as the ghostly retreat with wall-to-wall creeks in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, specifically matching the french colonial style capped with the two-leveled balcony and the columned entryway.
I have no doubt that this scene will set off significant satisfaction for those Disney Fans who claim this as their favorite ride.
The Stretching Room, Other Interior Features
Disney’s trailer also shows that several of the integral interior features of the Haunted Mansion ride will also be included in the movie. They include the stretching room, the never-ending hallway, the iconic purple and black wallpaper, and the transforming portraits. The film also teases a sense of the walking tour that begins each Disneyland Haunted Mansion experience.
But, it is not just the visuals here, we also got a good look at some of the most famous residents.
Haunted Mansion Residents
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Remember that there at 999 “happy haunts” taking up residence in the Haunted Mansion, but some of residents are a little more famous than others. As I previously stated, the Eddie Murphy movie specifically highlighted Madame Leota, the Ghost Host, and the barbershop quartet busts to name a few. In this version, we see the axe-wielding Black Widow Bride, as well as Jared Leto’s Hatbox Ghost, and even the ghoulish organist who leads the unforgettable Park Ride score.
The trailer also appears to tease that the Black Widow Bride, supposedly named Constance, is one of the seemingly most active ghosts, and quite possibly the chief antagonist in this version (wait, I forgot, there are no classic “bad guys” anymore, so it would probably be about relieving her of her victimhood so she can finally rest).
A Different Madame Leota
Of course, there are going to be changes, and it appears that Jamie Lee Cutris’ Madame Leota will not be confined to her crystal ball as generations of fans have grown to know her. Instead, she appears to arrive on the scene to probably perform a seance fully alive. Maybe we’ll find out how she got herself trapped in her own crystal ball. The elaborate headdress is a clear call back to that state though.
While I have been extremely harsh with other remakes and live-action adaptations, (and I am a little personally skeptical about the way Disney intends to possibly negatively portray Catholic Priests with Owen Wilson), this trailer gained my approval. I closed Disney’s YouTube channel expecting to go see a fun, modern movie with a story that is just as good as the amount of sentiment poured into it.
It is going to be much scarier than its predecessor, but I have very little doubt Disney’s Haunted Mansion could find itself earning a seat next to Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Jungle Cruise as truly spectacular examples of how Walt Disney’s timeless rides can come alive on the silver screen.
Here’s the trailer so you can spot the eerie easter eggs for yourself:
Walt Disney Studios’s Haunted Mansion, directed by Justin Simien and starring LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto, will materialize in theaters on July 28, 2023.
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